Eddie Betts the proud Wirangu Kokatha man and player for Carlton planned to hang up his boots this Saturday, after playing against Greater Western Sydney.
The 34-year-old and leader in the fight against racism in sport took Instagram to thank his family and fans.
“Thanks for sticking by me through the highs and lows.” He said in an Instagram post.
“I hope at some point in my career I was able to put a smile on your face. If I did, I’m happy and my work is done here.”
In his later years, he became a strong anti-racism advocate, making passionate pleas to the Australian public to stand up and call it out.
“I don’t feel like it’s safe at the moment. I honestly don’t. I feel like there’s still a lot of racism, and this year there has been a lot of racism. It’s been draining and it’s been tiring. Every year we see myself and the other Aboriginal boys standing up, trying to call it out, trying to make a stance,” Betts said to reporters.
In 2018, the athlete launched the Eddie’s Lil’ Homies series of educational books, which spreads aboriginal culture and messages about acceptance, equality and kindness.